How do you forecast eruptions at volcanoes that sit ‘on the cusp’ for decades?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Some volcanoes take their time—experiencing protracted, years-long periods of unrest before eventually erupting. This makes it difficult to forecast when they pose a danger to their surrounding areas, but Carnegie’s Diana Roman and Penn State’s Peter LaFemina are trying to change that. “Dormancy, brief unrest, eruption—this is a familiar pattern for […]

The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea: Our choices are grim

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The California coast grew and prospered during a remarkable moment in history when the sea was at its tamest. But the mighty Pacific, unbeknownst to all, was nearing its final years of a calm but unusual cycle that had lulled dreaming settlers into a false sense of endless summer. Elsewhere, Miami […]

Geoengineering versus a volcano

Ash from the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. Credit: Jackson K./USGS Major volcanic eruptions spew ash particles into the atmosphere, which reflect some of the Sun’s radiation back into space and cool the planet. But could this effect be intentionally recreated to fight climate change? A new paper in Geophysical Research Letters […]

US infrastructure unprepared for increasing frequency of extreme storms

Hurricane Florence’s unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage to infrastructure in North and South Carolina after it made landfall in fall of 2018. Credit: U.S. Air Force Central Command Current design standards for United States hydrologic infrastructure are unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, meaning structures like retention ponds and dams will […]

Study shows improved estimates of Brazilian Amazon gains and losses

Credit: OU A University of Oklahoma-led study generated improved annual maps of tropical forest cover in the Brazilian Amazon in 2000-2017 and provided better characterization on the spatio-temporal dynamics of forest area, loss and gain in this region. The Amazon basin has the largest tropical forests in the world. Rapid changes in land use, climate […]